Healthy Holiday Guide: What to Eat Before You Party

Healthy Pre Party Meal Plan ©2014 LaDomestique

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about balance. Don’t get me wrong– the holiday season is a time for INDULGENCE. I look forward to eating sweets with abandon and one too many glasses of bubbly on New Year’s just as much as anyone else. The moments of excess remind me why it feels so good to eat healthy daily.


“The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it.”



I find my balance during the holidays by maintaining a healthy daily routine. If I’ve got a party coming up I make sure to eat nourishing meals on the big day so I’ll be at my best that night. No low blood sugar to keep me from dancing or arriving famished and binging on the buffet! I want to walk in the door looking fabulous and full of life, how about you?

I mentioned earlier this week that I really want to help you take action and eat healthy every day, so here’s a meal plan with recipes to get you through the day of the big party.


Got IBS? My Top 5 Foodie Tips for Surviving the Holidays

IBS Holiday Survival Guide by LaDomestique


OMG you guys! It’s just over 2 weeks till Christmas! The holiday party season is in full swing and I thought some of you might benefit from my top tips on surviving the holidays with IBS. It might surprise some of you to know that I’ve got Irritable Bowel Syndrome. How ironic– the foodie who can’t eat! I’ve struggled with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss and feeling just plain awful– like many of you with IBS. One thing I’ve learned is how important it is to take good care of myself. I can’t always control IBS, but there’s a lot I can do to prevent it from showing up and ruining my party. Here are a few tips that work for me. I hope some of them help you! 

Routine is Everything

Make eating healthy meals your routine and stick to it. Think of it like preparing for a marathon– you want to make it through the long run of Christmas parties, family gatherings and gift hunting in top shape. Making a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner your priority #1 gives you the best chance for preventing IBS flareups. No matter how busy life gets, set aside non negotiable time every Sunday for planning your weekly meals and grocery shopping. Save time by ordering your groceries online (you’d be surprised at how affordable it is). 


Winter is the Real Spring: Make the Life You Want

Pomegranate ©2014


Happy first day of December to you! I can’t believe 2014 is almost over, can you? It seems like only yesterday I welcomed the New Year declaring the theme in the La Domestique kitchen,


“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” 



My passion for helping you cook deliciously healthy meals has only grown since then. It’s fed by everyday conversations when you tell me over and over again, “I really want to eat healthy food at home but I just can’t seem to make a habit of it. I just don’t have enough time.”

I want you to know I’m listening and I really want to help. 

It’s been a bit quiet around here because I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. I’m working on something big. Something that could really help you make a fresh start in 2015.  

As the cold, dark winter days draw in I feel a great sense of energy, like a seedling sprouting under the frozen ground. It made me think of the words of Irish author Edna O’Brien,


My Favourite Autumn Recipes

My Favourite Autumn Recipes ©2014 La Domestique

After all that talk about how much I love fall in my most recent blog post I decided to round up my favourite autumn recipes and share them with you. Do you ever take a moment to flip through your recipe collection and reminisce? It’s like digging the box of your autumn wardrobe out of storage and discovering that favourite sweater you had forgotten about. 

I try to savour every moment in the kitchen this time of year, whether it’s thoughtfully stirring a pot of soup or the zen of kneading silken bread dough. Recipes that require more time and effort also offer a welcome moment of quiet solace and contemplation. I hope these recipes inspire you to slow down a bit and enjoy the season.


Pumpkin Soup

Pear, Cheddar and Caramelized Onion Tart

Irish Halloween Barmbrack

Pomegranate Glazed Chicken Drumsticks


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Cozy Winter Soup ©2014 La Domestique


Hello friends! It’s been awhile…summer is gone and it’s officially time for autumn tarts, soups and stews. After a year and a half in Ireland I unexpectedly got the opportunity to go home to the United States for the entire month of September. I spent a lot of time giving piggy back rides to my niece and nephew, catching up with my sister over a 5:00am cuppa and savouring much needed hugs from Mom. That was my first visit home since moving abroad, and to be honest, leaving my family again felt even harder than the initial move. Now that I’ve gotten through the jet lag and settled into my favourite time of year (fall), it does feel good to be home in Ireland again. I love cooking in autumn. It’s all about comfort food and warmth. I love the earthy flavours of mushrooms and the heady aroma of woody herbs. I love rolling out pastry in a nice cool kitchen. I love stirring a big pot of simmering stew on the stovetop.